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Published September 4th 2014
Wondering where to go on your next visit to Canberra? If you have a spare two hours I would definitely recommend the tour of The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).
On a recent visit we were lucky enough to have a whole tour on our own. At $49.00 for a family of 2 adults and up to 3 children, it is great value. The tour starts at Sportex - a room full of interactive sport experiences. You can try wheelchair basketball, virtual downhill skiing, kicking a goal in rugby union or AFL, a soccer penalty shootout, rowing and much more.
Our kids loved the basketball, football and skeleton interactive exhibits as well as testing their reaction time on the start track. Around the room there are also many displays of equipment e.g. Cathy Freeman's shoes and Michael Milton's ski suit.
You could spend hours here having fun on all the games but after about half an hour we joined our guide on a tour of some of the other AIS training areas. We visited the gymnastics training centre where we learnt about a typical training day for an Olympic gymnast. Next we went to the volleyball courts where we learnt that the Olympic volleyball team were the tallest athletes at the AIS with the shortest on the team being 6' 5" tall. Next we went to the weights training gym where we saw some of the athletes training. Our last stop was the Aquatic centre with the state of the art pool and recovery centre.
Our tour guide was great - very knowledgeable and happy to answer all of our questions. We learnt a lot, the kids enjoyed it and we would definitely recommend the tours to others